Heart health is so important, so it’s important we understand what helps keep the heart working at optimum level.
Exercise is important if we are to cut down on problems with the heart. Incorporating exercise into our lives at least 3 times a week is necessary; certain vitamins and foods have also been shown to be beneficial. Vitamin B not only provides the body with energy, but is also good for the heart.
A lack of Vitamin B, particularly B9 and B6 can lead to high levels of homocysteine (an amino acid in the blood), which might damage arteries, leading to Heart Disease and a Stroke. Maintaining the right level of homocysteine in our blood is therefore very important.
Blueberries an antioxidant superfood, goes well with other fruit, or simply mix it with natural low fat yoghurt and granola for a perfect snack. They contain an antioxidant called Anythocyanin, which may help reduce our risk of heart disease. Blueberries may also help with the ageing process and in the reduction of certain types of cancer.
Fish is another good way to boost heart health. Oily fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which is beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol. It also has a positive effect on the heart and reduces cardiovascular problems associated with Heart Disease.
Foods high in fibre are also good for the heart, as fibre contains psyllium that helps reduce cholesterol, so helps prevent heart problems. Foods such as bananas, apples, pasta, broccoli, cabbage and whole-wheat bread are all good foods containing fibre.
There is a connection and consequence to everything we do and diet is no exception. Everything should be done in moderation, so that we don’t continue to do the things we know are bad for us. We need to be sensible.